The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative through the Michigan Strategic Fund will utilize federal CARES Act funding to award individual grants of up to $15,000 to approximately 665 small businesses across Michigan.  

The grants will be awarded on a “first-in” basis and as a result we expect these funds to GO VERY QUICKLY. 

Specifically, this initiative is intended to meet the urgent need of Michigan businesses including restaurants and bars, lodging providers, live event venues and movie theaters, conference and meeting facilities, indoor recreation facilities, and gyms and fitness centers. The grants under the program will support those businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow. The funds are to be used for working capital to support payroll, rent, mortgage payments, or utility expenses. 
 
It is quite likely all the grant funding will be vouched for on the day the application window opens – Tuesday, Dec. 15. We are hoping to see a strong response from minority and women-owned eligible businesses.
 
Business owners should go to this website for details: You can also review a sample application and this application walkthrough video. These federal CARES Act dollars were distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the Michigan Community Development Block Grant program. A complete list of Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative grant recipients will be posted to michiganbusiness.org/relief, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
 
Small businesses are key to building community wealth, and the Michigan Municipal League and the MML Foundation are committed to supporting these activities and more in Michigan communities.